Samir Nasri, a former French midfielder, announced today, Sunday, his official retirement from professional football, ending his career with the game that he started in 2004.
Nasri, 34, received an 18-month ban for doping and drug violations, and said the case had changed his view of football.
“It (the steroids) was just an injection of vitamins because I was sick,” Nasri, who previously played for Olympique Marseille, Arsenal and Manchester City, said in comments quoted by the newspaper “Le Journal du Dimanche”.
The French newspaper, L’Equipe, highlighted Nasri’s statement today, during a press interview, in which he announced the suspension of his shoes.
Nasri’s career effectively ended last year after playing for a short period with Anderlecht in Belgium.
Nasri, who is of Algerian origin, participated in 41 international matches with the French national team between 2007 and 2013, during which he scored five goals.